Did Hurricane Irma make it impossible to live at home? Waiting on restoration of your home after flooding or wind damage? Chased out of the RV park you call home? If you have camping gear and time, here are some options that Florida State Parks has shared, including a limited amount of free camping for impacted families.
Free camping at Florida State Parks
Supplies of free campsites are limited, of course, but Florida State Parks has opened up sites at the following parks for families who need a place to live while repairs are being done on their homes. Free camping is provided on a day-to-day basis only, so this is a temporary form of assistance and may end at any time. Contact each park for particulars.
Big Lagoon State Park (Pensacola)
Blackwater River State Park (Holt)
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park (Santa Rosa Beach)
Florida Caverns State Park (Marianna)
Dr. Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State Park (St. George Island)
Falling Waters State Park (Chipley)
Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park (Niceville)
Grayton Beach State Park (Santa Rosa Beach)
Henderson Beach State Park (Destin)
Ochlockonee River State Park (Sopchoppy)
St. Andrews State Park (Panama City)
T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park (Port St. Joe)
Three Rivers State Park (Sneads)
Torreya State Park (Bristol)
Free long-term camping at Missouri State Parks
The fine folks from Missouri State Parks have sent trail crews to Florida to help open our parks back up. They’ve also opened their campgrounds to Floridians who have lost their homes. You may stay up to 30 days in any Missouri State Park campground for free by showing your driver’s license and explaining that Hurricane Irma impacted you. If you need to stay more than 30 days, they are allowing people to do so on a case-by-case basis. Make advance reservations for a campsite here. Fees will be waived after you arrive.